Seamus Power is already a whopping ten shots off the early lead at the Sony Open in Hawaii as he continued his recovery from a hip injury which plagued the second half of his 2023 season.
Power carded a two-over 72 in a birdieless round with both of his bogeys coming on the third and sixth holes which were on his back nine in Waialae Country Club.
Strong winds meant for slow play throughout round one meaning several players were unable to complete their rounds.
Australian star Cameron Davis tamed the conditions with five birdies in his last six holes to storm to the top of the leaderboard on eight-under-par after a 62.
Davis leads by two shots from Taylor Montgomery with England’s Aaron Rai part of a four-way share of third on five-under.
“I started figuring out what wasn’t working, what was working, and Sunday last week I started to put some consistent shots together,” Davis said. “I thought as long as I can build off that round and continue that on to this week and next week, that is the sort of momentum I was looking for. It was very cool to back it up with a really good round.”
“Hearing Topeka, Kansas, hearing my name called, there was a time when I didn’t know if that was going to be called again, so it got me a little more than I thought it was going to,” Woodland said.
The score was a 71, and in some respects, it was irrelevant.
“Probably the happiest I’ve ever been shooting over par, tell you that,” Woodland said. “The goal this week was to see how I was mentally, and I was really, really good. This was one of the hardest rounds I’ve ever had here. And got off to a rough start. I was excited and was doing a lot of breathing trying to slow everything down because I was moving fast.
“I settled in, especially the last nine holes, and played really, really well. A lot to build on.”